© Rene A. Henry
They’re at it again! Will they ever learn that
This latest incident of
international sports ignorance is from Republican Mike McGavick who is
challenging incumbent Democrat Senator Maria Cantwell. He protests that the Iranian team will compete
In an interview with Alicia
Mundy of the Seattle Times bureau in
The Bush Administration
ended up with egg on its face earlier this year after Treasury Secretary John
Snow announced that
To add insult to injury, the
Hopefully the powers that be
In 1980, the late Lloyd
Cutler, then White House counsel, told President Jimmy Carter that if the U.S.
threatened to boycott the Olympic Games in Moscow that the Soviets would leave
Afghanistan. Eventually the Soviets did
Politicians should heed the advice of Hispanic-American Philosopher George Santayana who warned that if we did not remember the past, we would be condemned to relive it.
When our politicians
interfere in international politics, the first to get hurt, and hurt the most,
are our athletes and their coaches. Then
there are the administrators who get passed over for office or appointment to
an important committee on an international sports federation. And, also there are the referees and officials
If McGavick took time to
learn more about international sport he would know that there is no way Sepp
Blatter, a Swiss national and the president of the Fédération Internationale de
Football Association (FIFA), would even consider his demand. It must embarr
Chuck Blazer, the
During the Reagan Administration the State Department had a senior position dedicated to international sports politics that liaised with our national governing bodies and Olympic committee. The job no longer exists, but is needed to help control outbursts by uninformed politicians who do not understand international sport.
Politicians must stop using sport as a weapon when diplomacy fails.
Continued mistakes like this
will hurt our athletes, coaches, administrators and officials. It is only a matter of time before
politicians in other countries start calling for our